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Home Tech Experience Centre opens & Happy Christmas!

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Home Tech Experience Centre opens & Happy Christmas!

Our new Home Tech Experience Centre is now open at 2a High Street, Loddon.  Visit us to experience a fully voice controlled living space.  Open 9am-4pm Monday - Friday and 10-4pm Saturday.  Call us on 01508 528964 to book a demonstration.

Customised will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 22nd December, re-opening on Wednesday 3rd January 2018!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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Customised Open Their Home Technology Experience Centre

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Customised Open Their Home Technology Experience Centre

And Expands Installation Services in Norfolk and Suffolk

Customised opens the doors to their new Home Technology Experience Centre at 2a High Street, Loddon on Friday 8th December 2017. Visitors to the Experience Centre will have the opportunity to use the latest in Smart Home technology. Customised have created a fully voice controllable living space to highlight the benefits of a Smart Home.

Anna Gamble, Managing Director and co-owner of Customised explained, “We are excited to provide a space for our customers to experience the latest in home technology. Our homes are filling up with Smart Home technology and we want our customers to understand better the lifestyle benefits and enhancements.”

The current Customised administration and sales staff are moving to the new facility in Loddon and two new trainee staff are joining the company in 2018 to support the demand for home technology installation in the East of England.

Kris Gamble, Technical Director, said, “Customised have launched a range of preset packages which cure the main tech pain points of homeowners. Superfast internet connections, whole home wi-fi kits and easy to use security systems are proving very popular and the additional technical staff will help us to deliver home technology upgrades to even more homes.”

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Empowering People with Disabilities using HomeKit and Siri

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Empowering People with Disabilities using HomeKit and Siri

I’m excited to share this blog with you, I’ve waited several months to be able to bring this together. The reason it took so long is because I needed two pieces of the Smart Home jigsaw to complete the puzzle. Both jigsaw pieces came from Apple and they’ve been around for a while but they’ve taken time to get to fit together; Siri and Apple HomeKit.

Apple are no strangers to Assistive Technology and since 2013 have offered Switch Control on Apple mobile and desktop devices. Switch Control helps you enter text, choose menus, move your pointer, and other functions all by clicking a switch. You can use a keyboard key, mouse button, trackpad button, joystick, or adaptive device as one or more switches.

Siri has been a well used resource for all Apple device users to set timers, call contacts, send messages and ask questions. It may have its critics, which voice assistant doesn’t, but as a personal voice gateway Siri handles everyday requests with ease.

HomeKit is a framework, developed by Apple, for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in your home. You can discover HomeKit accessories in your home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. You can group actions together and trigger them using Siri and the Apple Home app.

For many people reading this blog post, the concept of using voice control to lower blinds, lock doors or turn off lights may seem like a nice to have or a luxury convenience. For a person with disabilities the combination of HomeKit and Siri is independence. The use of voice control for managing your home is empowerment.

One short voice command to your phone may set up the whole home for your arrival. For example, “Hey Siri, I’m Home” could first open the garage door, then turn on the hallway, kitchen and living room lights, then disarm the alarm system and finally unlock the front door. The automation options with Siri and HomeKit are a game changer for people living with disabilities.

We are still in the early days of HomeKit but there are currently around 50 devices which are compatible and they cover many of your homes requirements. There is an exciting range of innovative products controlling lighting, heating, security, electrical and entertainment services in your home and there is a steady stream of new connected devices being released for the HomeKit platform every month.

Customised have been working closely with the Works With Apple HomeKit range of products since their release and have put together several quick to install and easy to use Smart Home packages for any homeowner to start living with voice control of their home. We’d really like to show you how Siri and HomeKit is able to completely change how you operate and function in your home.

Customised are South Norfolk based Smart Home experts.

01508 528964

www.customised.uk.com/contactus

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